Philadelphia City Council did a very Philly thing and officially declared March 15 through 17 Meek Mill Weekend.
City Council President Darrell Clarke made the proclamation Thursday morning. He was joined by State Sen. Sharif Street in praising Mill, whose legal troubles catapulted him into national stardom as a criminal justice advocate and critic of mass incarceration.
Mill became a symbol for criminal justice reform activists after a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced him to two to four years in prison for minor violations of his probation conditions in a decade-old gun and drug possession case. He spent months in prison before a court ordered him released.
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He said at Thursday's announcement that he's trying to "give young kids a fair shot in the system."
The embattled rapper and Philly native will perform this weekend at Philadelphia's newly revamped Metropolitan Opera House.
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